The heart of the home: that is how Tom Howley sees his kitchen. It’s the place where his family and friends come together at the kitchen table, eat and drink, laugh and talk. It’s also the place where suppers are cooked, high teas are prepared, and where –occasionally- Tom grabs his guitar and bursts out singing. ‘Yes, from time to time I give an intimate kitchen concert’, he laughs. ‘I can’t help it: I’m an Irishman. I love to sing.’
He used to be in a band, but unfortunately he doesn’t have time for that anymore. Nowadays Tom Howley is a busy luxury kitchen designer. He lives in Sale, a picturesque town in Cheshire, together with his wife of 25 years, Mary, and their teenage children Tom (19) and Meagan (16).
‘I prefer a warm and classic kitchen, but with a contemporary twist’, he says. ‘That’s exactly how I designed my kitchen at home. Crisp and light like the space itself, but with traditionally built, classic frames around the doors and polished nickel handles. To me, craftsmanship and details make the difference.’
One of those details: the Quooker. ‘To me, that almost goes without saying’, Tom says. ‘It’s such a great invention.’ The designer chose the classic Quooker design with two features: boiling water and cold, filtered water. Push once, turn, and a cool blue LED light will shine for the cold filtered water. Push twice, turn, and you’ll see a red LED light for the boiling water. ‘Very easy, and very safe to use. I really can’t remember life before the Quooker. In fact, I don’t think I even want to remember it!’